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How To Be Sure A File Is Safe Before Downloading It

Today virus attack on devices is taking quite another level.

Have your device been destroyed by a virus or malware, then you can definitely know the pain of a slow device (if totally stopped the worse)

But the safety from the attack on our device has taken a new:

Previously we rely on some antivirus for a scan on our device after a download to detect a virus.

Then the question is:

What if its a new kind of malware?

Is the antivirus strong enough to delete it(because the download have been done already)

All these ques and more…

But now you can detect this right from the beginning.

If you are concerned a file might contain some malware, you don’t have to download and wait for an update from your antivirus to detect it.

How then?

Scan before the download.

Just with one single tool, you can now scan an about to download file with over 60 antivirus engines over the world before download.

Hey Here this

This is no substitute for all basic online security practice which can protect your device from most online threats but a way to perform a more in-depth check on a file.
Scan a link for malware with Virus Total.

Do You Know?

Every file has a download link(i mean online).

This tool provides the option of scanning the link for malware. To perform this, you have to first locate the download link, (please note the page address).

To get this;

You can see the download link of a file by mousing over the link and looking at its address in your browser.

Right-click and select copy link address for chrome, copy link location for Firefox or just copy the link in edge browser.

For Android users, Hold on the link the copy pop up should appear where you can now copy its address.

Now head straight to Virustotal.com with your browser(actually a Google tool created since 2012).

Click on the URL Tab on the page and paste the copied link into the box followed by clicking the search button or hit enter button.

Yours is done, now, the total virus will download the file to its server and perform a scan on it with quite a number of antivirus engines.

If the file has already been scanned, You will instantly see a scanned result if not, just give it a bit.

Analysis of Result:

If you are displayed with a “no engines detected this URL” report, then you are safe as it means there is no problem with it, kick off your download.

But:

If you get a note saying that a number of URLs detected the URL as a problem” Then the reader, run as fast as your legs can carry from that link.

In some cases, only few antivirus tools have a problem with it(a false positive report) or it might be unanimous.

Scroll down to see the which of the antivirus tools have a problem with it, click on the view more details tab to see comments about the URL(if Safe or not) because sometimes the URL might be flagged for including some crapware, which can be easily bypassed by your firmware.

You might have signed a download page instead of the download link if So, you will see an icon bearing “downloaded file” click on it to see more analysis on the file.

For my PC users you can make this scanning process easier by including this into your extensions on your browsers such as Chrome, Mozilla, Internet Explorer, and Firefox, hence you just have to right-click a link on your webpage and select the scan option(if you are among the “how I hate copy and paste crap”).

Conclusion

If the scan produces a unanimous report, then that’s danger at the door, don’t open, if a mixed result (not the very red alert type) then you should be careful, you may move forward to see more details thus examining your result.

If Clean, what’s the wait for, hit the ball hard just like Valencia did against Everton, Manchester United just can’t stay away from this article(but that doesn’t mean its safe 100% but will give a 95% so be careful)?

Stay Safe, Browse Safe, Download Save.

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